Pictured above: Mark Pinkerton – Picture courtesy of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office
A Pennsylvania man is charged with murder in the investigation of the January 2017 death of Statesville businessman Hugh Lee Moose.
Mark Pinkerton of Meadville, Pennsylvania is accused by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office of killing the 80-year-old while visiting family that lives nearby. Investigators say Pinkerton was looking for money when he committed the crime and asked another individual for help, but was turned down.
The person who was asked to assist in the burglary was afraid to approach the Sheriff’s Office with information, but confided in another individual who contacted authorities late Friday or early Saturday. Based on that information, a nationwide search was conducted to find Pinkerton with investigators eventually traveling to Pennsylvania in order to meet him.
WATCH – Full Iredell County Sheriff’s Office press conference announcing arrest:
Sheriff Darren Campbell says Pinkerton admitted to killing Moose when interviewed. He has now been charged with murder and waived extradition. Pinkerton’s expected arrival date in Iredell County is unknown at this time.
“(It’s) unbelievable after fifteen months to be able to provide that closure to the family,” said Campbell in a press conference Thursday morning. He had spoken to relatives of Hugh Moose just prior to addressing the media, which he praised for helping keep the case in front of the public.
Moose’s granddaughter Lyndsay Moose says Tuesday’s announcement brings closure for the family since there was uncertainty as to whether the killer was an acquaintance or a complete stranger.
“Someone knew something and it was just… that one slip-up from someone to come forward,” says Moose. “Props to whoever did that, you know that takes a lot of guts.”
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Pinkerton is a convicted felon for burglary in Pennsylvania and was released earlier this month from a sentence for light crimes.
Stay with WSIC for continued coverage of this developing story.